Star-Studded Slate of Speakers at Metro Women’s Leadership Summit


Metro Women’s Leadership Summit to deliver

star-studded slate of speakers on June 7

2019 Metro Women's Leadership Summit
2019 Metro Women’s Leadership Summit, Photo Collage by Melody Pittman

The 2019 Metro Women’s Leadership Summit scheduled for June 7 at Newark Airport Marriott Hotel  will feature a star-studded slate of speakers, including keynote Ilyasah Shabazzdaughter of Malcom X, and health, beauty and travel experts who have vaulted to national and international prominence via social media.

The theme of the summit is “Diversity is Our Strength, Unity is Our Power…Embrace Who You Are.”

“We are going to have speakers who experienced discrimination of some kind – either gender- or race-based – and who learned from it to make their future positive,” said Joanne Vero of Travel Media Showcase, the event producer. “Some were in a situation where they needed to get their lives on track, roll up their sleeves and build a business by developing trusted relationships with their audiences.”

Metro Women's Leadership Summit 2019

Speakers include:

Ilyasah Shabazz – The third daughter of civil rights activist Malcom X, Shabazz is an author, community organizer, social activist and motivational speaker. She also is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. 

Debbie-Ann White – Senior vice president of public relations and promotions at Unique Vacations, Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts International and its properties, who recently was named to “EBONY” magazine’s 2018 Power 100 list and who will speak about the benefits of female friends vacations.

Carli Bybel – Iconic beauty and fashion guru and pioneer of the makeup tutorial genre on YouTube, amassing more than 6 million subscribers on her BeautyBybel YouTube channel.

Dr. Carol Ash – Chief medical officer at RWJUH and sleep medicine expert who frequently appears on national television shows such as “The TODAY Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Fox and Friends” and has been featured in national media outlets such as “The New York Times” and HuffPost.

Dana Vento – One-woman multimedia powerhouse influencer and TripAdvisor ambassador featured on countless national television stations and magazines.

Dallitza Perez – Renowned fitness and nutrition guru who has appeared on numerous magazine covers, including “Muscle & Fitness,” and is followed nationally on social media.

Lena Piccininni – Celebrity barber, hairdresser, makeup artist and educator who leveraged social media to reach national stardom in a male-dominated industry.

Dr. Nancy Mezey – Associate dean and sociology professor at Monmouth University and author who is nationally known for her studies in family sociology, gender, the sociology of sexualities and race-class-gender relations.

Manya Saaraswat – Miss New Jersey 2019.

and Lisa Niver, Television Host, Travel Journalist, We Said Go Travel

Lisa Niver speaking at Metro Womens Leadership Summit
Lisa Niver will be speaking at Metro Womens Leadership Summit June 7, 2019

Yet the summit will offer much more than speeches, according to Vero.

“Our goal is to celebrate diversity of women in both presentations and within the audience,” she said. “I want our audience to walk away with action steps. This is not just about listening to how our speakers did what they did but how the audience can do it, as well. What are the five or so steps each attendee can take to achieve their own goals?”

Sponsors of the event include PSEG, with its commitment to furthering diversity, and Sandals Resorts International, which will raffle off a trip to one of its properties.

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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